University of Phoenix Reviews
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I was a student for just over 4 years at UOP and I can tell you that this school is not the evil empire those make it out to be. Yes, it is expensive, but I could not afford the time to be able to go to a traditional college. Further, many technologies that UOP was using prior to the State Universities like with Math and Reading, also the Onlie Library is second to none, my wife uses my access because her State University's is horrible. Over a four year period I had several issues, but you will always have them, too often people act as if nobody is human or some instructors are just difficult. It is part of the learninig process, so because someone is mean to you, you quite college? What happens when you become employed and someone is rude with or unprofessional, you would quite your job? Many have legitimate complaints, but it does not mean UOP is a poor school, it mean you have to be a responsible adult and finish your work or go to another college, but everytime the DOE and various different things happen, generally you can dismiss them. If you want to know the truth, many of the State Universities and traditional universities have acceditation suspended and removed quite often, it is public information, people just always assume that if the government runs something it is free of corruption and perfect, that is far from the truth. Go to the school leave it, heavy lies the crown of the largest school in the Nation.
I am compelled to write this review after reading some negative reviews. This is not a traditional school therefore expectations should be different. If your circumstances are like mine, a decade long community college student that has not been successful in pursuing higher education due to life or other factors, then this is the school for you. Thanks to the format and accelerated classes I was able to complete my bachelors in two years and yes it was pricey but worth it! I was able to transfer to a traditional college after completing my bachelors and finished a masters in education along with a teaching credential in special education and had no problem finding a job as a teacher for a school district. Now, I do what I love and as far as those pricey loans, if you teach for five years in low income school or in low shortage area then you can qualify for state and federal teacher loan forgiveness programs that forgive a certain amount of the loan. As far as the quality of the education, it is comparable to that of community colleges (I attended 3 different ones) and of graduate school at CSU. I had great instructors and lousy ones, which you will also find at traditional schools. Actually UOP instructors went out their way to help me more so than anywhere else I attended, when I was having difficulty understanding concepts they broke it down for me and seemed overall more more concerned that I succeed. Learning is based on cooperative team work and team presentations, which prepared me for graduate school, since that is the format schools seem to be going and what public schools are emphasizing anyway and prepares you for real life such as dealing with conflicts or different personalities. I never had any problems with my teams but did observe other group having difficulties. My own experience with the costumer service department and financial aid department was great! They were always straight up with me and when I needed help they helped, I had mentors supporting me every step of the way. They even helped me find classes at local community colleges to take courses I needed such as math, since they were very expensive at UOP and my mentor did not hesitate to refer me or set up dates to take exams for course credit. I only wish I had this support at the high school level, community college and even afterward at the graduate school level, it would have saved me a decade of lost time, headaches, stress, agony and misery of being stuck in a dead end job with a hopeless outlook. Along with that they have excellent online study resources which you can continue using even if you transfer for graduate school. The personal online profile/account you get beats noodle or blackboard that most traditional schools use. All of these services and resources are top notch and for me worth the price. I highly recommend this school!
I want to simply list the pro's and con's of University of Phoenix, Pro's- Excellent instructors, great schedule for full time job, kids, etc. Con's- 40 year old Adults in class acted like it was high school, many students studying criminal justice had a criminal background, no hands on experience for example (Ride a longs, Court tours, and prison tours.) Academic advisor was a joke and cared about no one but herself, I was bounced around the entire program and they messed up my great schedule I had. I would recommend this college to anyone who is currently working in law enforcement and needs a degree to promote or advance their career. If you are a student that doesn't have the GI Bill STAY AWAY! I am debt free because of the GI Bill. I am currently on my 5th year of law enforcement, and my degree gave me a pay raise. I am moving onto a better agency in the winter and my military experience and law enforcement experience got me there, not U of P.
UoP was an excellent fit for me. I was returning to school after a fourteen year break. i earned my bachelor of science in business management in February 2013. NowI am working on my MBA and should be finished in the fall of 2014. UoP allowed me to work full time and go to school full time. I takes a lot of discipline and focus. It was also difficult to go year round with the only break a week or two at Christmas. I did attend a classroom college before and found online much more difficult. If a person is not a good reader, online is not the right fit. There is little interaction from the instructors. Usually any feedback is canned. The education received is what the student makes of it. If the student puts no effort into it, it is a negative experience. My experience was very positive because the classes were very similar to my job so I got every day experience as to what I was learning in class. The MBA classes are a repeat of my undergrad program. I do not feel I am learning anything new. The learning teams are a joke because usually only one or two members actually participate but everyone on the team gets the same grade. After working in the business world for 20 years, I completely disagree the learning teams are similar to work teams in the work place. Plus it never fails, in every class, someone on the team ends up in the hospital, breaks a leg, and has a family member died. It would just be better if they were honest that they did not do the work.
I would get the same degree if I was to start over. Overall, I have received a valuable education that has tremendously helped me in my career.
If you want to do online classes, it is not the school that dictates your success, it is you. If you want to successful, you have to be disciplined, make the time for it, and stick to it even when you want to be doing something else. The cliche is true, you only get out of it what you put into it. Make the sacrifices and you will find success.
My experience at the University of Phoenix has been a nightmare from the very beginning. When other bloggers say they are just "out for the money", they are not lying!! The only decent department has been the enrollment advisors. Everyone else ESPECIALLY the financial aid department is completely worthless. You try and get in touch with people, no one calls you back, they "sit on" forms they claim they have to have right away. My financial aid was supposed to release in June and it is now almost the middle of August and I STILL haven't received it. It is always the same excuse over and over and over again, and of course it is never "their fault". They are completely unorganized. You call one person in one department and get one answer and then you talk to a different person in the same department and get a completely different answer to your same question! Once you are enrolled, the academic advisors don't care about you, the instructors don't instruct they just pile work on so they can collect their pay check!
Absolutely not! It was only after starting at the University of Phoenix that I happened to come across a couple of blogs written by a few students who said because the University's Master's program in Psychology is so general that they transferred to Walden University to get a more "specialized" degree in counseling and then for whatever God forsaken reason they came back to UoP to pursue a different degree. Bottom line: their Master's Degree in Psychology will leave you jobless with a bunch of loans to repay.
To any student undergraduate or graduate, do your research before you just "pick" a school. I wish I had done mine. I mainly picked UoP because I had seen their advertising so much, and of course their website makes it look like it is the best online school out there. However, any school online or on campus should provide support from start to finish, not just until they get you enrolled and get your money. Go online, look at reviews, talk to people who have gone to the school you are considering, but by all means DO NOT choose University of Phoenix or you will be as they say, "up a river without a paddle"....
I have been attending UOP for a couple of years now. I have attended both local and online college as well. The first time I went to local college I tried to take online courses as well, but it was impossible. There was no instruction and I was clueless once I logged in and tried to attend the online courses so instead I just continued to go to class full-time which took forever, almost impossible to work and needed tutors from some of my Anatomy Courses as well. Since this was my second time around in college and I work full-time I decided to take a different route which brought me to UOP. I decided to change my major, which I have done a few times now. I think that UOP is great for people that can be organized, understand and know how to be consistently dedicated to online programs. From my past experience I would say that online courses can be a lot more time consuming and harder than going to class. This is because you have a lot of curriculum that you have to read and there is a lot of writing papers as well. Also, the team projects that are required can be time consuming and have negative downfalls due to communication etc. But this only helps one build better communication skills, knowledge of team work, management skills and how to work with others remotely as well, which, a lot of people do in today’s work world. The only negative downfall is some of the team projects, some courses require more time than others and the math courses. The only downfall to the math courses is the program you are required to use called “My Mathlab”, but it doesn’t matter because most local colleges now require you to use the same program so most likely you will not be able to avoid that. Aside, from that overall I’ve had to retake one class again because it was extremely difficult for me to dedicate the right amount of time to. I have taken the course a second time and passed with no issues. Before I start a new course I am always contacted by my academic counselor (Marco G) who has always been great about staying in contact with me. Also, my financial advisor contacts me about a few months and follows up as well. So, for as the negative reviews I have read seem to be from financial situations that people couldn’t deal with at the time or people not getting credits and had to retake courses. If you can’t get grants etc then you are well informed in the beginning about the out of pockets expenses so it shouldn’t be a surprise to you. Also, if you didn’t pass several courses it was probably because you thought online courses would be easier than just going to class and that is not the case at all. So, don’t get mad when you fail all your courses you’ve taken and claim it was a waste of time and money. Also, don’t complain about the instructors as well because they are very well educated and most are professors and have taught at local colleges as well. Overall, if you can dedicate the time and want to get your degree within a couple of years then this is a great school for you to attend!
I was initially a psych major and now have switched to Business Management. I would definitely stick with Business Management or Finance as my major if I had to choose again.
If you don't know what major you want to choose from the beginning take your pre-rec courses first and then go from there. If you are lucky to already be in an good work environment then you might want to pick a degree that you could excel with in your current work industry. Also, if you do not have a lot of time to dedicate to class, no matter what time, such as evening, morning or at night do not do online courses. Online course require time management, organization and dedication!
University of Phoenix (UoP) maintains a questionable reputation due to the acceptance of most all students. Typically, it is referred to as an online university that offers a degree without an education. I have read countless "scholarly" reviews, peer reviews, and "higher" accredited students tear into UoP's academic standards. I felt obligated to provide my vantage point review from an individual who obtained their undergrad and graduate degree from the school in both online and brick and mortar respectively, in various regions of the world. UoP is not designed to be a college straight out of High School. If that’s your motive, you are in the wrong direction and should reassess attending college. UoP is actually designed for the working professional to enhance their skills within their field and improve upon their research, writing, and communicative abilities. It’s heavily geared toward team-oriented projects and simulated exercises, providing real-world examples, with mild-moderate academic rigor, depending on the course. Realistically, for individuals who work full-time and require flexible scheduling, UoP is a great option. The grey area and the questionable activity is that UoP is designed to pass its students as long as their work is handed in, regardless of academic quality. That does not mean that they will achieve an A, quite the contrary, it is extremely difficult to maintain a 3.5 or higher, in any program. I have seen high credentialed individuals attend UoP’s MBA program, predominately for the convenience of its locations, as well as the flexibility of scheduling, barely pass courses just based on the fact that if you are unable to communicate well, you will struggle immensely. Most courses require presentations and leadership roles as team facilitators and project coordinators; introverted personalities struggled at UoP while I was there. UoP is just like any other academic institution; “what you as a student put in to the course work, you as a professional will take away.” Every student in my MBA program worked full-time, most ex-military, and typically seeking to improve upon their current abilities and knowledge level. Most all the students were extremely hard working, brought dynamic ideas to the table, and provided a level of ingenuity to a lot of the simulation exercises and team projects. Granted, there were slackers along the way, but I am pretty sure there are C and D students in every academic institution, regardless of the name. Based on my experience, I believe that if you either work full-time, or are in between jobs with a solid resume, UoP will facilitate in sharpening proactive thinking mechanisms and enhance one’s ability to communicate and convey a message, written and oral. From an academic standpoint, the curriculum is actually tough; the amount of reading and writing conducted throughout my MBA program was, at times, overwhelming. At the end of the day, it’s not a prestigious institute, and may get overlooked by employers as a stand-alone bullet. The bottom line is the school will give you skills, aid in job placement, and at a minimum, get you an interview. It’s really on you to sell yourself.
I love University of Phoenix! The faculty is always there for me. My advisor calls me every week and my instructors are very involved with the student discussions. Feedback is very timly and Financial Aid was prompt.
I loved everything about my experience, including the dreaded team work, which prepared me to work with a diverse group of people. I love how attentive my advisors were and my only complaint would be the cost, but I was able to find a job in my field before graduating and the online program allowed me to continue as a full-time student while I worked.
I am happy with my degree choice and may consider another one in the far future.
My adult daughter goes to a state university and although it is cheaper she does not have the kind of support from the advisors, financial assistance or even instructors that I had attending University of Phoenix, it is very different. If you are a student who may desire a more supportive team during your education you should definitely consider UOP!
The teachers are not helpful. The academic and financial aid advisors as useless as you can never get hold of them. Go ahead and leave a message on the voicemail you will get every time you call, you'll need to leave several since they don't call you back until about a week later if you're lucky. They charge an early withdrawal fee. Doesn't matter if you have everything paid up and have completed the classes you were in without starting any new ones. They will still charge you about $500 for early withdrawal and will not release your transcripts until you pay it. As if the amount you pay for these classes anyway isn't high enough, and tuition costs go up every year. Your credits do not transfer directly to other schools. I transferred to a community college and only 4 of my 36 credits transferred. As an example, 2 English courses through UoP equal 1 English course in a real school. It has to be the right set of English classes though, so those were among the credits that did not transfer. This school is a joke and should be avoided at all costs. They are extremely expensive for classes that will get you nowhere.